Disco Biscuits Live at Commonwealth Ballroom, Virginia Tech Student Union on 2000-12-03
- Live concert
- Disco Biscuits
II: Chemical Warfare Brigade, Floes -> House Dawg Party Favor -> Floes, Humuhumunkunukuapua'a, M.E.M.P.H.I.S.->Helicopters
This is Rich Steele's Re-Mastered Source.
- 2004-02-08 19:05:33
- Sony DTC670 > Audiophile 2496 > Wavelab 4.0 > CDWave > mkwACT > SHN
- Blacksburg, VA
- Taped by
- Rich Steele
- Transferred by
- Rich Steele
Subject: Great show, Great Remaster
14:06 tVM -> Helix is very, verrrrry nice playing. Really enjoyed the SotW jam and the Munchkin -> P&D end, too.
very good show 1.0 show. just showing it some love on it's 18th anniversary today. cheers!
Subject: Truly Magnificent
I just listened to this show for the first time in a while and hit me with an extra special punch this time. I felt compelled to say something.
Some of the moments in this show can literally bring tears of joy to your eyes. What an incredible feeling to get from music.
This is definitely one for the collection.
As always thanks Rich. Great quality.
Subject: One of the Best Disco Biscuit Shows EVER
The night starts out with a solid Story of the World and the fact that it isn't a highlight speaks volumes as to how great this night really was. Barber seems to rush back into the ending while the rest of the band wants to continue jamming, but he'll redeem himself later in the set.
Pat & Dex isn't my favorite, but this Munchkin Invasion is easily a best-ever version of the song, despite the fact it was still somewhat in its infancy, having debuted only several months prior to this show. Features a fist-pumpingly incredible, roaring peak that flies into the composed ending full-force. The transition back into Pat&Dex is smooth and effortless.
The other segment in the first set is the Very Moon>Helix>Very Moon, and it's a killer. >Very Moon is one of the best Very Moon peaks ever. Check out Barber at 1:45 for some of his most beautiful and inspired playing (though what he's playing leading up to this is awesome as well). The first time I heard this, my jaw hit the floor. Definitely one of those "how does he do it?" moments. Listen for his integration of this into the composed peak, which is usually a Barber stamp of approval. Magner and Barber build a solid, thematic jam following the Moon funk (7:45 in the recording), though unfortunately, there's a problem with the recording leading back into the composed funk ending. Even still, it's a minor blemish on a fantastic recording and an excellent mastering job by Rich Steele.
They've got a lot to prove in the second set after such a stellar first and while my favorite is still the first set, this second one shouldn't be slept on.
The whole thing kicks off with my favorite CWB ever. If anyone knows a better version, I'd love to hear it.
But the real meat here is, of course, the Floes>House Dog>Floes. This is the most-often talked about part of this show whenever it's brought up.
One of my favorite parts of the segment occurs at 18:40ish in the Floes jam leading into House Dog, featuring Waves-esque playing by Barber, which eventually halts to give way to the abrupt introduction of House Dog.
This House Dog is a monster. Magner starts off the first jam with a very chilled-out, tropical sound that borders on euphoric. Awesome music to slap on the headphones, lean back, close your eyes and relax to. Slowly and methodically, Barber takes hold of the reins and pushes the song into the peak and middle section. The second jam is a bit longer and while it's very good, I still prefer the slow, building tension of the first jam. The >Floes is very good, but it's a bit too wandering for me.
And those are the big moments in the show. The M.E.M.P.H.I.S.>Helix is fantastic and shouldn't be skipped, as is the Humu. I'm a big fan of the >Helix.
This is the litmus test for an incredible Disco Biscuits show. It's got stellar peaks and thematic jamming that oozes with uninhibited creativity and passion. If you're a fan and haven't heard this show, download and listen right away. If you need convincing that the Disco Biscuits at one time were one of the greatest improvisational bands to ever set foot on stage, look no further. If you still don't get it, then this band just isn't your thing. Few shows are more convincing than this.
Subject: 5 stars for the performance quality
But the show itself is awesome. Highlights are The Very Moon > Helicopters > Very Moon sandwich and of course the crazy Floes > House Dog > Floes. This jam is epic in nature and nasty in quality (nasty being very good). House Dog is almost 35 mins!!
The rest of the show is great too, especially the SOTW.
Any show from mid to late '00 is a classic and deserves a listen, and this show lives up to the reputation.
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